USA dominates, UK, China & Australia stand out in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016-17

London: USA based Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) grab the rank first and second, respectively in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, a new ranking designed to improve the quality of analyses about the links between university practices and graduate employability. China’s Tsinghua University takes third place while Australia’s The University of Sydney features at fourth and UK’s University of Cambridge emerges at fifth place.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, has today (23 November 2016) released the first edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. QS said that the ranking represents a development on last year’s pilot, with an enhanced methodology and an additional 100 universities ranked. As per QS’ report, the global Graduate Employability rankings are based on the following parameters: Employer reputation, Alumni outcomes, Employer partnerships, Employer-student connections and Graduate employment rates.


Universities with a strong STEM focus, particularly those emphasising technology, rank highly. The most significant trend visible in the Rakings is the performance of universities of China in the graduate employability metric. Tsinghua’s third-place finish is one of several strong Chinese performances. Peking University ranks joint 11th, while Fudan University is 14th.

The top ten reflects both American dominance and diversity. Though American universities take five top-ten places, there are five different nations represented in the top 10.  The others are China, Australia (the University of Sydney, 4th), France (Ecole Polytechnique Paris Tech, 6th), and the United Kingdom (the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, 5th and 8th respectively).

The other top-ten American institutions are Columbia University (7th), the University of California, Berkeley (9th), and Princeton University (10th)

Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said: “The 2016-17 edition of this ranking illustrates that universities with a heavy STEM focus are generally among the most successful in nurturing student employability.”

This cannot simply be attributed to students at these universities being more employable due to taking STEM degrees, as graduate employability rate is only one of the five indicators that contribute to this year’s ranking, and the employability rate is not broken down by subject taken.

The top 20 is comprised of institutions from the United States (8), the United Kingdom and China (three each), Australia (2), France (1), Canada (1), Switzerland (1) and Hong Kong (1).

QS has informed that there were 300 institutions included in the rankings this year. This ranking differs from QS’s other exercises in offering universities the opportunity to opt-out while it remains in its nascent stages.

Sowter continued: “As the global employment market changes in unprecedented ways, students are increasingly emphasising the link between their university choice and their future career. We’re confident that the insights provided by this ranking will prove invaluable in allowing them to do so.”

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has been providing expert insight and analysis for the higher education sector since 1990. The full QS Graduate Employability Rankings for 2017 can be viewed here, while the methodology can be found here.

Top 20 Global Universities in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017

 2017 Rank      Institution        Country

1  Stanford University (United States)

2  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)        (United States)

3  Tsinghua University            (China)

4  The University of Sydney    (Australia)

5  University of Cambridge     (United Kingdom)

6  Ecole Polytechnique Paris Tech      (France)

7  Columbia University           (United States)

8  University of Oxford           (United Kingdom)

9  University of California, Berkeley (UCB)    (United States)

10 Princeton University          (United States)

11 The University of Melbourne (Australia)

11 Peking University (China)

13 Cornell University (United States)

14 Fudan University (China)

15 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (United States)

16 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)

17 University of Chicago (United States)

18 The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

19 University of Toronto (Canada)

20 Imperial College London (UK)


To read the story on top performers of Indian Universities in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, the visitors should follow the below link:

IIT Kharagpur crowned as India’s best university for graduate employability, five others feature at QS Rankings 

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